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Dec 15 2000 12:00 am
Universal Jurisdiction should apply to crimes against humanity

'The principle of universal jurisdiction should apply in this case' said the organisation. 'The Spanish Court is obliged to hear cases involving crimes against humanity'. The organisation considers...

Dec 15 2000 12:00 am

Although the new law will result in the immediate release of thousands of prisoners, it still specifically excludes the release of others who have been imprisoned for peacefully expressing opinions...

Dec 15 2000 12:00 am
NORTH KOREA: Persecuting the starving

North Korean law states that leaving the country without permission is a criminal act and punishment can be anything from seven years in a reform institution to execution. It is estimated that...

Dec 15 2000 12:00 am
Cuba marks Human rights day with mass detentions and sentences for dissidents

Up to 200 people believed to be involved in the planning of anti-government demonstrations or marches for Human Rights Day on 10 December were rounded up and held in custody in order to prevent them...

Dec 14 2000 12:00 am
Amnesty International seeks immediate release of Palestinian detained on 'Secret Evidence'

Amnesty International is extremely disturbed that Dr Al-Najjar continues to be detained despite the recent ruling by an immigration judge ordering his release. This follows recent hearings which...

Dec 13 2000 12:00 am
Prisoners' release should be a step towards uncovering the whole truth

'This is a step forward in redressing human rights violations committed by the Syrian forces operating in Lebanon over two decades,' Amnesty International said. However, Amnesty International is...

Dec 13 2000 12:00 am
Crackdown on freedom of expression

These beatings and arrests come at a time when the world is celebrating the 52nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 'The Moroccan authorities were publicly calling on all...

Dec 12 2000 12:00 am
The institution of torture

'Torture is employed as an instrument by the authorities to keep the population living in a state of fear,' the organisation said. The victims of torture in Burma are political activists, criminal...

Dec 12 2000 12:00 am
CHECHNYA: Six years on - crimes without punishment

On 11 December 1994 Russian forces invaded Chechnya in an attempt to prevent the secession of the republic. The conflict ended two years later. Although the conflict saw widespread violations of human...

Dec 12 2000 12:00 am
An unjust verdict after a mockery of a trial

'All those convicted who are still in detention are prisoners of conscience , held solely because of their political affiliations, without any proof that they have called for the use of violence,'...